Toronto Loft Conversion Profile: The Church lofts
Churches are some of the most beautiful buildings in any city, and Toronto is no different
By Sydnia Yu – Globe and Mail
Architect: Bernard Watt Architects is the driving force behind the The Church – the conversion of a century-old neo-Gothic church into contemporary lofts. The building’s exterior will be restored, preserving its red brick facade, white limestone accents and large stained-glass windows.
The front of the building, facing Dovercourt, will retain its distinctive frontispiece flanked by two symmetrical bell towers with wood doors and arched transoms.
“[Churches are] some of the most beautiful buildings in any city, and Toronto is no different,” says Brad Lamb, whose company is handling the sales.
To enhance the converted loft designs, some new components will be added to the original structure, such as Juliet balconies, terraces and rooftop decks for penthouse units.
Location: A residential neighbourhood near the shops and restaurants of Little Italy, and recreational facilities at Dufferin Grove Park and Christie Pits Park.
Size: One and two-level lofts ranging from 612 to roughly 1,500 square feet.
Price: $209,900 to $650,000
The heart of the building will be converted into a full-height atrium featuring the church’s original octagonal stained-glass skylight. The hard lofts will be full of ultra-modern features, but the interior designs will incorporate some elements of the old church. For instance, the solid maple from its pews will be recycled as treads in open stairways.
“When you open a fashion or design magazine for a modern home, that’s what these will look like inside,” Mr. Lamb adds. “So we have that great modern/old juxtaposition.”
Standard features: Ceilings generally from 9 to 11 feet but up to 19 feet in some areas, engineered hardwood floors, ceramic tiling, sleek vanities with vessel sinks and quartz countertops, and flat-panelled kitchen cabinetry.
Lofts also will include stainless-steel appliances and hookups for gas cooking, as well as islands and sliding doors to dens and bedrooms, depending on the plan.
Parking: 20 parking spots at $25,000 each, with 3 lofts having direct access to a private garage.
Condo Fees: Not yet determined, though hydro will be separately metered.
Amenities: There will be a multipurpose room with a lounge and kitchen, and a landscaped garden with trees and wrought-iron fencing.
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